Contributed by: Andrew Nesbit, on 2008-11-11
|Year of Birth||1896|
|Year of Death||1915|
|Regiment||Royal Dublin Fusiliers|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Carnegat, Newry, Armagh|
Francis McCoy was the youngest of four sons, his younger sister, Mary Ellen, was my wife's grandmother. He enlisted with the 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Newry, County Down.
'The relief took some time'
Francis arrived in Gallipoli on 19th May 1915 among 10 officers and 46 men in the first batch of reinforcements after the initial landings. With one exception, all of the officers who landed with the battalion on 25 April had either been killed or wounded by this stage. Francis was killed on 4th June 1915 in an attack on Turkish trenches.
From the South Wales Borderer's War Diary:
"About 7.30pm came orders to relieve the Dublin Fusiliers who, after an unsuccessful advance against J.11 [Turkish trench] were hanging on astride the ravine, slightly in rear of the 14th Sikhs who were just South of the Eastern end of J.10. The relief took some time..."
He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Gallipoli and on the War Memorial in Bessbrook, County Armagh.